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Communications Report

Blaine County School District

June 2015

This report was produced by the BCSD Communications Department. Heather Crocker Director of Communications Kelly Martin Communications Specialist Our mission is to inspire, engage, educate, and empower every student.

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Blaine County School District Communications Report June 2015

Introduction “Good communication is associated with higher levels of parental involvement. Parental involvement is correlated with better school attendance, higher student achievement, higher graduation rates, and a host of other positive factors that help students succeed at school and in life.” Nora Carr, Chief of Staff, Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC. Communication Research and Planning “We don’t plan from what we think, we plan from what we know.” 2011 National School Public Relations (NSPRA) Conference. Communications planning follows a formula: Research, Action/Plan, Communicate, and Evaluate, RACE. In August, 2009, the Blaine County School District Board of Trustees approved a Communication Audit (conducted by the National School Public Relations Association). The audit represented an investment of taxpayer dollars and staff resources in the most important element of a communication plan: research. As a result of the audit and the research conducted, BCSD received 55 recommendations for improving communication. The communications plan is based on that research. The 55 recommendations can be summarized by three main goals: 1) promote the accomplishments of students and staff, 2) provide access to accurate and timely information, 3) be the first to tell our own bad news.

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Blaine County School District Communications Report June 2015

Successful promotion of district, school and department accomplishments and new initiatives in FY15: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Back to School 2014-15 for Parents Staff Welcome Safety and Security Introduction of New Superintendent Superintendent’s Listening Tour Daniel Pink Event and Kick-Off to Strategic Plan Be Part of Our Future - Strategic Plan Holiday Concerts Best Communities in Music Education Award Partners in Education Board of Trustees Vacancy publicity Superintendent Communication State of the District Report Budget Executive Summary Monthly BCSD Staff Connection Surveys - School Climate, Staff Engagement, Strategic Plan, Listening Tour Peachjar

Recommended Goals Goals for FY16 include campaigns focused on the following initiatives that support the new BCSD mission: to inspire, engage, educate and empower every student. • Further development of strategic plan and communications around strategic plan for both internal and external audiences. Co-chairing Goal 1 and 2 Committee focused on community relationships. • Welcome back for staff and students, kick-off with Sir Ken Robinson and Ship It Day • Support School Attendance Efforts • ISAT 2.0 Communication and Idaho Core Standards • Bilingual Communication • Website support & evaluation • Educator for a Day - special event in November • Dollars and Sense - Community Conversations for 5 year fiscal plan • Holiday Concerts • School Climate Survey • Employee Engagement Survey • Student Engagement Survey • Thank an Educator • Graduation By The Numbers and Graduation Stories • Support schools with monthly communication to parents

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Successful promotion of district, school and department accomplishments and new initiatives in FY15: (continued)

Superintendent Search and Hiring

Back to School 2015-16 for Parents

BEGINS SCHOOL tem ber 2nd* Tuesday, Sep

Dear Staff, It is with great excitement that I look forward to joining the BCSD team. I am humbled to be joining a dedicated and caring team that works day-in and day-out to ensure the children of Blaine County are well educated, cared for, and encouraged to be the best they can be. Your dedication to providing safe and caring transportation to and from school, clean and inviting learning environments, nutritious meals, engaging and rigorous instruction, extracurricular opportunities, warm greetings each morning, and cheerful send-offs each day is to be commended. Each of you has a key role to play in making this routine happen day after day for our children. Thank you.

Distric t #61 Blaine County School

I M P O RTA N T DAT E S FRIDAY, AUGUST 29

Elementary Open House Meet & Greet • Alturas Elementary - 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. • Bellevue Elementary - 2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. • Hailey Elementary - 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. - 12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m. • Hemingway Elementary Pre-Kindergarten to 3:00p.m. • Hemingway Elementary Kindergarten - 1:00p.m.

TUESDAY, SEPTEM BER 2

All Schools - First Day of School Wood River High School - Freshman Only Day

I look forward to getting to know, at a much deeper level, Blaine County and its wonderful school system. I want to hear your hopes and dreams for our children and where we are in achieving these dreams.

WEDNES DAY, SEPTEM BER 3

Wood River High School - All Grades

VISIT S.ORG WWW.BLAINESCHOOL FOR

Please know that as we work together, I welcome input and feedback as it is the power of the team that will continue to make us even greater. There will be days when our work is exhilarating and days when it is more difficult. Educating our precious children is not for the faint of heart. However, we can and we will continue the good work of striving towards ensuring all of our students are educated to the highest level. The children will always be our inspiration. Your working will also be my inspiration as we push forward. I trust that I can be an inspiration to you as well.

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School Supply Lists Lunch Menus Free and Reduced Applications Bus Routes & Schedules

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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PHOTO CONTEST! Post your child’s photo on the BCSD Facebook Page by Sept. 22nd for the chance to win a pencil set with your child’s school name!

With great gratitude for the work that you do, © Roland Lane

*WRHS Freshmen only day September 2nd/Grades 10-12 September 3rd Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

GwenCarol Holmes

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Idaho Mountain Express

(208) 578-5000 www.blaineschools.org

Staff Welcome Blaine County School District #61

Introduction of New Superintendent

Dr. GwenCarol Holmes

Dear Superintendent’s

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year! I’m looking forward to working with you to help all of our students realize their full potential. Education is not easy work and it is not for the faint of heart. Like pieces of a puzzle, when caring parents, community members, and educators work together, every child succeeds. Through collaboration, a continuous improvement mindset and determination, we’ll soar to new heights!

Entry Plan and Learning Plan

The Superintendent’s Entry and Learning Plan, comprising the first 100 days provides Blaine County School District’s new superintendent, Dr. GwenCarol Holmes opportunities to: understand the culture of BCSD and the community it serves, establish baseline data, develop initial partnerships and/or relationships with district and community leaders, and begin developing a plan for reviewing and revising the BCSD Strategic Plan.

Superintendent’s Entry and Learning Plan Highlights • • • •

Assess the organization’s strengths, challenges and opportunities Establish relationships with internal and external stakeholders Establish a positive presence in the community Review and establish new BCSD Strategic Plan

As the new superintendent of Blaine County School District, Dr. Holmes is charged with moving the district forward and accomplishing its mission with leadership that is trustworthy, inclusive, communicative, and practices continuous improvement for the purpose of narrowing the achievement gap and enhancing the performance of all students.

Yours truly,

Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

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Daniel Pink Event and Kick-Off to Strategic Plan

Superintendent’s Listening Tour

MEET THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT

Blaine County School District #61

Daniel Pink will kick-off the new

AND JOIN THE LISTENING TOUR

Blaine County School District Strategic Plan.

SHARE YOUR IDEAS! MEETING Parent

DATES Monday, September 22

TIMES 6:00 p.m.

LOCATIONS Community Campus, Minnie Moore Room

Parent Over 60 & Getting Fit Class Parent

Monday, September 29 Monday, September 29

8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Community Campus, Minnie Moore Room Community Campus

Monday, September 29

6:00 p.m.

Bellevue Elementary

CREATING A CU LTU RE OF INNOVATION Be part of our future and join the conversation.

This meeting will be conducted in Spanish

THURSDAY JANUARY 15 6:00 P.M.

Spanish interpretation available at all parent meetings. Parents can come to any meeting that fits their schedule.

More Dates To Come.

What does the new Superintendent need to know about the Blaine County community? What does she need to know about our schools? What do you value about the Blaine County School District? What could the Blaine County School District do that would delight you?

COME TO A MEETING

Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater at the Community Campus

DANIEL PINK

TAKE A SURVEY

OR

OR BOTH

Blaine County School District #61

For tickets go to the Daniel Pink link under the Staff Portal at blaineschools.org.

Join the Blaine County School District for a conversation with Daniel Pink, award-winning author and TED speaker. In this lecture, Pink will talk about the need to create a culture of innovation and why we must build a learning environment driven by the passions of students and teachers. Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

Come to the meeting and time that works best for you. Or take our short survey by Friday, October 3. Find the survey at www.blaineschools.org under Your Voice. Read the Superintendent’s Entry Plan at blaineschools.org.

This is a FREE event but seating is limited. *Ticket Required for Entry

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Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

STAY CONNECTED!

(208) 578-5000 www.blaineschools.org

Be Part of Our Future Strategic Plan Holiday Concerts

BE PART OF OUR FUTURE What do our children need to know and be able to do to be successful adults?

LOOKING FOR SOME HOLIDAY CHEER THIS SEASON? All of the holiday concerts in the Blaine County School District are free and open to the public. Our talented and enthusiastic students would love to share their holiday spirit with you.

JOIN US FOR A HOLIDAY CONCERT.

Come see our award-winning, nationally recognized performing arts programs.

What are the future impacts that they will have to address as they become the adults and leaders of our community and world?

THREE EASY WAYS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STRATEGIC PLAN PROCESS 1) COME to the community meetings: brainstorm, identify goals, help find solutions. 2) TAKE surveys after the first two meetings to prioritize the information from the community meetings. 3) STAY tuned to the district website, BCSD Weekly Update, and social media for upcoming events.

COME TO THE COMMUNITY MEETINGS January Wednesday, January 21, 5:30-8:00 p.m. During Student Led Conferences Carey School Thursday, January 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m. YMCA, Ketchum Thursday, January 22, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Community Campus, Hailey*

February

May

Tuesday, February 24, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Hemingway Elementary*

Tuesday, May 19, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Carey School

Wednesday, February 25, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Community Campus, Hailey

Wednesday, May 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Community Library, Ketchum

Wednesday, February 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Carey School

Wednesday, May 20, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Community Campus, Hailey*

Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

STAY CONNECTED!

LOOK FOR SURVEYS IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH Look for surveys in your email, on our website, and on Facebook and Twitter. Tell us what your priorities are from the brainstorming and goal-setting of each meeting. Blaine County School District #61 Blaine #61

*Childcare and Spanish interpretation available

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Tuesday, December 2, 7:00 p.m. Music Performance Band and K-1 Choir Carey Auditorium

Thursday, December 11, 6:30 p.m. 1st and 2nd Grade Winter Concert Bellevue Elementary Gymnasium

Wednesday, December 17, 7:00 p.m. Christmas Program Grades 1-5 Alturas Elementary Gymnasium

Wednesday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. Hailey Elementary 5th Grade Christmas Performance Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater

Friday, December 12, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Kindergarten Winter Concert Bellevue Elementary Gymnasium

Thursday, December 18, 10:00 a.m. Christmas Program Kindergarten Hailey Elementary Gymnasium

Thursday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. WRHS/WRMS Winter Band Concert Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater

Friday, December 12, 1:00 p.m. Choir, Bell Choir, Strings - Grades K,2,4 Ernest Hemingway Elementary Gymnasium

Thursday, December 18, 1:00 p.m. Christmas Program Kindergarten Alturas Elementary Gymnasium

Monday, December 8, 7:00 p.m. WRHS/WRMS Holiday Choir Concert Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater

Monday, December 15, 7:00 p.m. Christmas Program Grades 1-5 Alturas Elementary Gymnasium

Thursday, December 18, 7:00 p.m. Christmas Program Grades 1-5 Alturas Elementary Gymnasium

Tuesday, December 9, 10:05 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. AM Preschool Parent Sharing Day Bellevue Elementary Music Room

Monday, December 15, 7:00 p.m. WRHS/WRMS Winter Orchestra Concert Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater

Thursday, December 18, 6:00 p.m. Piano recital Carey Auditorium

Tuesday, December 9, 1:20 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. PM Preschool Parent Sharing Day Bellevue Elementary Music Room

Tuesday, December 16, 6:00 p.m. Christmas Program Grades 1-3 Hailey Elementary Gymnasium

Friday, December 19, 8:30 a.m. Holiday Assembly Alturas Elementary Gymnasium

Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 p.m. 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Winter Concert Bellevue Elementary Gymnasium

Tuesday, December 16, 7:00 p.m. Christmas Program Grades 1-5 Alturas Elementary Gymnasium

Friday, December 19, 12:20 p.m. Wood River MS Holiday Music Assembly Wood River Middle School Gymnasium

Wednesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. Christmas Program 4th Grade Hailey Elementary Gymnasium

Wednesday, December 17, 6:00 p.m. Christmas Program Grades 1-3 Hailey Elementary Gymnasium

All dates and times are subject to change. Please check school websites for updates.


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Best Communities in Music Education Award

Partners in Education

PARTNERS IN EDUCATION November 2014

A Report to the Community from the Blaine County School District

IN THIS ISSUE:

Welcome Dr. Holmes Listening Tour Provides Insight Silver Creek High School Students See the Big Picture Introducing Alturas Elementary: Where Language Learning Is Embraced by All VOICES II: A Future for Every Student Emergency Information for Parents 21st Century Learner and Educator Profile Thank You for Supporting Our Public Schools International Baccalaureate Nurtures Curiosity and Inquiry Student-Led Conferences: Where Students Are the Stars

Board of Trustees Vacancy Publicity

Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

STAY CONNECTED!

Blaine County School District #61

When I grow up I want to be...

Peachjar

BE PART OF THEIR FUTURE Run for a Seat on the Blaine County School District Board of Trustees Declaration deadline is Friday, March 20th by 5 p.m. For the Declaration and Petition of Candidacy forms contact Laurie Kaufman at lkaufman@blaineschools.org or call 578-5003. Board of Trustee zones 1, 3 and 5 are up for re-election on May 19, 2015. For the forms, zone descriptions, and to read about Board of Trustees responsibilities go to blaineschools.org. Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

Blaine County School District #61

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State of the District Report from the Superintendent

Budget Executive Summary

Blaine County School District #61

State of the District Report November 2014

Submitted to the Blaine County School District Board of Trustees By GwenCarol Holmes, Ed.D., Superintendent

Blaine County, Idaho

Budget

July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

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Monthly Superintendent Letters to Staff and Community

Monthly BCSD Staff Connection

Blaine County School District #61 #61 Blaine County School District

118 West Bullion Street – Hailey, Idaho 83333 118 West Bullion Street – Hailey, Idaho 83333 www.blaineschools.org www.blaineschools.org Phone (208) 578-5000 – Fax (208) 578-5110 Phone (208) 578-5000 – Faxof(208) 578-5110 Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused community teaching and excellence.

March 2015 Dear Blaine County Community, The ultimate goal and sacred trust of the Blaine County School District is to ensure all students graduate prepared for college and/or careers. Blaine County School District is very fortunate to be part of a community that places a high value on excellence in education and has provided the resources to match their high expectations. These include smaller classroom sizes of 20 or 25 students, (as called for by BCSD Policy 602.12), Dual Immersion, World Languages, and Special Education services such as the Autism Spectrum Disorder Program (ASD) and Vocational Occupational Independent Career Education (VOICE II) programs. Due to the generosity of our community and their expectations for excellence in education, District resources are greater than the state’s allocation of funds as outlined in the chart below.

Blaine County School District Staffing Levels Fiscal Year 2013-14 Funded Full Time Equivalency Administration 11.58525 Instructional or Certified Staff 171.917 Non-Certified Staff 57.92625

Actual Full Time Equivalency 17.524 278.776 137.9998

Over the State Funding Level 5.93875 106.859 80.07355

Please allow me to share my thoughts on what this means as a District in a longer than normal letter. As a community, as a District (a system of schools), as individual schools, and as individual educators we are all charged with providing equity to ensure all of our students are highly successful. When we think about our resources of time, personnel, energy, materials, etc. we have to ensure we are allocating them based on equity so that all of our students succeed at high levels. An illustration of equity is found below.

Climbing Towards Excellence

Climbing Towards Excellence

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Blaine County School District Communications Report June 2015

BCSD Weekly Update Between July, 2014 and July, 2015, the BCSD Communications Department sent 39 issues of the BCSD Weekly Update to 3960 community subscribers and 540 employees.

4,500+

Recipients Every Week

1,000+

Open Email Every Week

27%

Open Rate 24.8% Industry Average

6%

Bounce Rate

15%

Click Through Rate 9.3% Industry Average

Top Clicks Include: Student Spotlight Board Accolades

Recommended Goal: Develop ways to promote BCSD Weekly Update to increase readership. Consider print version distributed to schools weekly. Translate content for FB page in Spanish. Link newsletter on Mt. Express website.

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Blaine County School District ­ http://ww… BCSD (IP Excluded)

BCSD Website Audience Overview

Go to this report

Apr 7, 2015 ­ Jun 5, 2015

The BCSD website is currently hosted on an external server through Edline, which was recently purchased by Blackboard. Referred to All Sessions as Edline, the website includes district, department, school, group and teacher pages. All certified employees have login’s to manage 100.00% their own content. BCSD Communications oversees the district page and supports district department pages, while also supporting Overview school website coordinators with graphic design and content. Monthly onsite meetings with each school website coordinator and principal are aimed toward continuous improvement and consistency of school websites.  Sessions 1,000

500

Apr 8

Apr 15

Apr 22

Apr 29

May 6

May 13

May 20

May 27

Returning Visitor Sessions

35,761

Users

14,317

New Visitor

Pageviews

97,041 28.4%

Pages / Session

2.71

Avg. Session Duration

00:02:05

Bounce Rate

52.20%

71.6%

% New Sessions

28.37%

Google analytics: Does not include requests from internal users. BCSD district and school pages are used as the default home page for many of the computers used by staff and students. Language Top 10 Pages

Page

1. en­us

2. en­gb /pages/blaine_county_school_district

Top 10 Stories Pageviews 20542

Page

Sessions

% Sessions

35,189

98.40%

Pageviews

98 0.27% School Delays and Closures for Winter Weather

729 615

3. (not set) /departments/human_resources/employment

3431

Strategic Plan Process Survey

4. es­es /departments/human_resources/application_process_and_requir

2470

57 0.16% Your Student Wellness Policy Questions Answered

314

/blaine_county_school_district/students 5. en

1456

Attention: New Skyward Link

305

/blaine_county_school_district/schools 6. es­419

1224

WRHS Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship 42 NYU 0.12%

273

/departments/human_resources 7. ko

951

WRHS Student Finds Her Passion42

0.12%

253

/blaine_county_school_district/board 8. es

826

Board Accolades

33

0.09%

250

/blaine_county_school_district/about_us/calendars 9. es­us

793

Board Accolades

20

241

/blaine_county_school_district/staff_portal 10. fr

773

Joint Statement from BCSD and BCEA 16

0.06%

/departments/human_resources/salary_and_benefits

Board Accolades

685

84

46

0.23%

0.13%

0.04%

224 224

Recommendations: The Data and Communications Committee met several times last year to identify both barriers and solutions to Skyward, Edline and Mileposts. The new Technology Director and Communications Director recommended that Skyward be isolated from Edline in order to improve the reliability and functionality of the website. As a result, parents will no longer be required to login to view class and teacher websites. The staff directory will no longer by automatically updated by Skyward, but will be manually maintained by Technology. A simplified teacher or © 2015 Google class website will be implemented this year. Efforts will continue to be made to gauge the effectiveness of the website, particularly for parents who want access to teacher and class information. By February, 2016, a recommendation for an improved website based on staff, student, parent and patron feedback will be finalized.

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BCSD Social Media BCSD Communications uses several social media tools to share news, information, announcements and more with parents, staff and the community. Prior to the formation of the Communications Department in spring of 2011, a district Facebook page was nominally used. Today, Facebook has grown to 930 likes, and a much larger reach. Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Vimeo round out the social media tools regularly used by BCSD Communications.

Page Likes

Facebook

Total Reach

Top 10 Liked Stories

Top 10 Shared Stories

Page

Likes

Page

Celebrate National School Bus Safety Week

143

When Do You Stop for a School Bus?

13

BCSD Named One of the Best Communities in Music Education Third Year in a Row

78

BCSD Best Communities in Music Education Video

10

Robotics Team Will Compete World-Wide

76

BCSD Named One of the Best Communities in Music Education Third Year in a Row

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When Do You Stop for a School Bus?

63

Wood River High School Graduation 2015 Slideshow

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Superintendent Letter to Parents - Welcome to Blaine County School District!

60

Homecoming BBQ

6

Students Create Public Service Announcements for Recycling

58

Bring a Parent to Lunch Day

5

Celebrate National School Bus Safety Week

4

Save the Date for Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

55

Students Create Public Service Announcements for Recycling

4

Board Accolades

55

Silver Creek High School Graduation 2015 Slideshow

4

Be Part of Our Future Video

53

4

Board Accolades

51

Read the Board accolades for the following staff members

10

Shares


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BCSD Social Media Followers

Twitter

Impressions

Pinterest

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BCSD Social Media

Google+

Vimeo

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BCSD Social Media High-quality images that reflect the dynamic accoplishments of staff and students are a priority. The images are used in the BCSD Weekly Update, social media, the website, press releases and media requests.

Flickr

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BCSD Press Releases, News Articles and Media Coverage

29

Press Releases

195

News Articles for The BCSD Weekly Update

Between July, 2014 and July, 2015, BCSD Communications wrote and distributed 29 press releases, which can be found on the Communications department page at www.blaineschools.org. In the same time frame, the department wrote 195 short news articles for the BCSD Weekly Update and website. An average of 2-3 media inquiries per week and over 180 print, online and broadcast stories. Coverage included local and state outlets such as the Idaho Mountain Express, the Times News, KMVT, KECH/KSKI, the Weekly Sun, Sun Valley Magazine, Sun Valley Property News, Eye on Sun Valley and Idaho Ed News.

2-3

Media Inquires Per Week

180

Print, Online and Broadcast Stories.

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BCSD Publication and Ad Design Between July, 2014 and July, 2015, more than 150 publications, ads, flyers, poster, brochures and other communications collatoral. These included:

150

Publications

Partners in Education: Reaching every boxholder in Blaine County

PARTNERS IN EDUCATION November 2014

A Report to the Community from the Blaine County School District

IN THIS ISSUE:

Welcome Dr. Holmes Listening Tour Provides Insight Silver Creek High School Students See the Big Picture Introducing Alturas Elementary: Where Language Learning Is Embraced by All VOICES II: A Future for Every Student Emergency Information for Parents 21st Century Learner and Educator Profile Thank You for Supporting Our Public Schools International Baccalaureate Nurtures Curiosity and Inquiry Student-Led Conferences: Where Students Are the Stars Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

STAY CONNECTED!

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BCSD Publication and Ad Design (continued)

O CONTEST! Sc ine PHOT County FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

ADS

Post your child’s photo on the BCSD Facebook Page by Sept. 22nd for the chance to win a pencil set with your child’s school name!

Blaine County School District #61

www.facebook.com/blaineschools

MEET THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT

Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

STAY CONNECTED!

(208) 578-5000 www.blaineschools.org

When I grow up I want to be...

Blaine County School District #61

AND JOIN THE LISTENING TOUR

SHARE YOUR IDEAS! MEETING Parent

DATES Monday, September 22

TIMES 6:00 p.m.

LOCATIONS Community Campus, Minnie Moore Room

Parent Over 60 & Getting Fit Class Parent

Monday, September 29 Monday, September 29

8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Community Campus, Minnie Moore Room Community Campus

6:00 p.m.

Bellevue Elementary

Monday, September 29

This meeting will be conducted in Spanish

Spanish interpretation available at all parent meetings. Parents can come to any meeting that fits their schedule.

More Dates To Come.

What does the new Superintendent need to know about the Blaine County community? What does she need to know about our schools? What do you value about the Blaine County School District? What could the Blaine County School District do that would delight you?

COME TO A MEETING

OR

BE PART OF THEIR FUTURE Run for a Seat on the Blaine County School District Board of Trustees

TAKE A SURVEY

OR BOTH

Declaration deadline is Friday, March 20th by 5 p.m. For the Declaration and Petition of Candidacy forms contact Laurie Kaufman at lkaufman@blaineschools.org or call 578-5003. Board of Trustee zones 1, 3 and 5 are up for re-election on May 19, 2015. For the forms, zone descriptions, and to read about Board of Trustees responsibilities go to blaineschools.org.

Come to the meeting and time that works best for you. Or take our short survey by Friday, October 3. Find the survey at www.blaineschools.org under Your Voice. Blaine County School District #61

Read the Superintendent’s Entry Plan at blaineschools.org.

Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

STAY CONNECTED!

(208) 578-5000 www.blaineschools.org

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BCSD Publication and Ad Design (continued) ADS

LOOKING FOR SOME HOLIDAY CHEER THIS SEASON? All of the holiday concerts in the Blaine County School District are free and open to the public. Our talented and enthusiastic students would love to share their holiday spirit with you.

JOIN US FOR A HOLIDAY CONCERT.

Come see our award-winning, nationally recognized performing arts programs. Tuesday, December 2, 7:00 p.m. Music Performance Band and K-1 Choir Carey Auditorium

Thursday, December 11, 6:30 p.m. 1st and 2nd Grade Winter Concert Bellevue Elementary Gymnasium

Wednesday, December 17, 7:00 p.m. Christmas Program Grades 1-5 Alturas Elementary Gymnasium

Wednesday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. Hailey Elementary 5th Grade Christmas Performance Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater

Friday, December 12, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Kindergarten Winter Concert Bellevue Elementary Gymnasium

Thursday, December 18, 10:00 a.m. Christmas Program Kindergarten Hailey Elementary Gymnasium

Thursday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. WRHS/WRMS Winter Band Concert Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater

Friday, December 12, 1:00 p.m. Choir, Bell Choir, Strings - Grades K,2,4 Ernest Hemingway Elementary Gymnasium

Thursday, December 18, 1:00 p.m. Christmas Program Kindergarten Alturas Elementary Gymnasium

Monday, December 8, 7:00 p.m. WRHS/WRMS Holiday Choir Concert Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater

Monday, December 15, 7:00 p.m. Christmas Program Grades 1-5 Alturas Elementary Gymnasium

Thursday, December 18, 7:00 p.m. Christmas Program Grades 1-5 Alturas Elementary Gymnasium

Tuesday, December 9, 10:05 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. AM Preschool Parent Sharing Day Bellevue Elementary Music Room

Monday, December 15, 7:00 p.m. WRHS/WRMS Winter Orchestra Concert Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater

Thursday, December 18, 6:00 p.m. Piano recital Carey Auditorium

Tuesday, December 9, 1:20 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. PM Preschool Parent Sharing Day Bellevue Elementary Music Room

Tuesday, December 16, 6:00 p.m. Christmas Program Grades 1-3 Hailey Elementary Gymnasium

Friday, December 19, 8:30 a.m. Holiday Assembly Alturas Elementary Gymnasium

Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 p.m. 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Winter Concert Bellevue Elementary Gymnasium

Tuesday, December 16, 7:00 p.m. Christmas Program Grades 1-5 Alturas Elementary Gymnasium

Friday, December 19, 12:20 p.m. Wood River MS Holiday Music Assembly Wood River Middle School Gymnasium

Wednesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. Christmas Program 4th Grade Hailey Elementary Gymnasium

Wednesday, December 17, 6:00 p.m. Christmas Program Grades 1-3 Hailey Elementary Gymnasium

Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

STAY CONNECTED!

All dates and times are subject to change. Please check school websites for updates.

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REGISTRATION

KINDERGARTENCOME TO THE COMMUNITY MEETINGS AND PRESCHOOL January Community Meetings Come to any community meeting that works with your schedule.

Wednesday, January 21, 5:30-8:00 p.m. During Student Led Conferences Carey School Thursday, January 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m. YMCA, Ketchum

DANIEL PINK

Thursday, January 15 - 6:00 p.m. at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater

CREATING A CULTURE OF INNOVATION

Thursday, January 22, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Community Campus, Hailey* Look for more meetings in February & May. *Childcare and Spanish interpretation available

THREE EASY WAYS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STRATEGIC PLAN PROCESS

1) COME to the community meetings: brainstorm, identify goals, help find solutions. Wednesday, April 1 2) TAKE surveys after the first two meetings to prioritize the information from the community meetings.

Alturas, Bellevue, and Hailey Elementaries

11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Community Campus

Go to

3) STAY tuned to the district website, BCSD Weekly Update, and social media for upcoming events.

Hemingway Elementary 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Hemingway Elementary

Carey School

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Carey School

What do our children need to know and be able to do to be successful adults?

What are the future impacts that they will have to address as they become the adults and leaders of our community and world?

blaineschools.org to find your child’s REGISTRATION CHECKLIST and to learn more about the BCSD PRESCHOOL and KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS .

LOOK FOR SURVEYS IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH

Students entering Kindergarten and Preschool MUST be age five (K) or four (Pre-K) on or before 9/1/2015

Look for surveys in your email, on our website, and on Facebook and Twitter. Tell us what your Our Mission: be a world-class, student-focused, community and learning. of each meeting. priorities areTofrom the brainstorming andof teaching goal-setting

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BE PART OF OUR FUTURE What do our children need to know and be able to do to be successful adults?

What are the future impacts that they will have to address as they become the adults and leaders of our community and world?

THREE EASY WAYS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STRATEGIC PLAN PROCESS 1) COME to the community meetings: brainstorm, identify goals, help find solutions. 2) TAKE surveys after the first two meetings to prioritize the information from the community meetings. 3) STAY tuned to the district website, BCSD Weekly Update, and social media for upcoming events.

COME TO THE COMMUNITY MEETINGS January Wednesday, January 21, 5:30-8:00 p.m. During Student Led Conferences Carey School Thursday, January 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m. YMCA, Ketchum Thursday, January 22, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Community Campus, Hailey*

February

May

Tuesday, February 24, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Hemingway Elementary*

Tuesday, May 19, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Carey School

Wednesday, February 25, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Community Campus, Hailey

Wednesday, May 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Community Library, Ketchum

Wednesday, February 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Carey School

Wednesday, May 20, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Community Campus, Hailey*

LOOK FOR SURVEYS IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH Look for surveys in your email, on our website, and on Facebook and Twitter. Tell us what your priorities are from the brainstorming and goal-setting of each meeting. Blaine County School District #61 Blaine #61

*Childcare and Spanish interpretation available

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Training Training: Date: Time: Location:

My BCSD Login Credentials.

Keep all usernames and passwords in a secure location.

Skyward Username:

Training: Date: Time: Location:

Password:

Training: Date: Time: Location:

Username:

Training: Date: Time: Location: Training: Date: Time: Location:

Mileposts

We are here to help!

Who to contact?

Helen Joyce Brown - Admin Assistant hbrown@blaineschools.org (208) 578-5410

Helen Joyce Brown - Admin Assistant hbrown@blaineschools.org (208) 578-5410

Password:

Edline Username:

Dave Guymon - Technology Integration Specialist dguymon@blaineschools.org (208) 578-5410 Kelly Martin - Communications Specialist kmartin@blaineschools.org (208) 578-5008

Password:

Google

For information regarding your schools website contact your schools website coordinator.

Student Data Privacy The Blaine County School District takes the privacy and protection of student data very seriously.

Blaine County School District #61

TECHNOLOGY P r o g r a m s f o r Te a c h e r s

What is Skyward?

What is Mileposts?

What is Edline?

Skyward is the school management and business suite used by all BCSD employees, students, and parents.

Mileposts is a progress monitoring and intervention support program that empowers teachers to work together to create individualized learning plans, manage interventions, and monitor achievement for students.

Edline is the School District public website. It is used by BCSD schools, staff, teachers, and classes to communicate school activities. Its objective is to effectively share relevant and timely information and access to additional resources and materials for students, parents, prospective staff, students, and the general public.

For Staff

Time Off Check History

Attendance

Fee Management

Calendar

Lunch Program

Discipline Skyward is the primary resource for students, parents and staff. Accurate and timely information is critical to students’ success. Assignment and test grades are normally posted one to two weeks after due date.

Username:

Training: Date: Time: Location:

Password:

Training: Date: Time: Location:

Username:

Paul Zimmerman - Technology Integration Specialist pzimmerman@blaineschools.org (208) 578-5410

Novell Password:

Helen Joyce Brown - Admin Assistant hbrown@blaineschools.org (208) 578-5410

STAY CONNECTED!

For Families

Gradebook Report Cards

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Plans & Interventions Progress Monitors Reports Mileposts is used to compose a narrative of student growth so the BCSD educators can work together to scaffold and support every student’s academic, social and emotional growth from one year to the next. A reliable Mileposts record takes the guesswork out of getting to know your students’ individual needs from one year to the next. Instead, it communicates the responses to intervention that worked for individuals and groups of students the moment they step foot into your classroom.

Edline can effectively shine the light on questions about district, school, and classroom for both enrolled and prospective parents and students. Use Edline to extend your classroom culture beyond the limits of your physical learning space, provide access to relevant information and timely resources, and support parents and students.

Minimum Content Requirements

Teacher Bio Syllabi/Course Outline Link to Curriculum Maps Links to Online Tools (Google)

To ensure that each of us is doing all that we can to safeguard students’ information and data, it is expected that you take the time to read and understand the terms of use and privacy policies for any online program or tool that you use with your students. Questions to ask yourself while learning more about a product’s terms of use and privacy policy include: • What information is collected, and is it necessary to be able to use the program? • Can collected information personally identify a student and how to contact him or her? • Where is this information stored? • Who has access to collected information? • Does the website allow parents to review the information that has been collected about their student(s) and to request that any information about their student(s) be removed? All products that you introduce to your classroom must also be compliant with COPPA, CIPA, FERPA, and PPRA.


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FREE Tech Classes for Parents All classes take place at the Technology Department Building, on 3rd Avenue, Hailey (next to the Senior Connection). All Classes are from 6:00-7:00 p.m. - For more information call (208) 578-5410 THURSDAY, JANUARY 8

TUESDAY, JANUARY 13

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5

CREATING SAFE ONLINE ENVIRONMENTS IN YOUR HOME

PASSWORD MANAGEMENT

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

SKYWARD

How many passwords do you have? Where do you store them? What if there was a way to remember your passwords in your head? Without writing them down? If you are intrigued, then come to this workshop to achieve password freedom.

Learn how to help your child safely navigate today’s technology landscape by developing an understanding of how to use the Internet and mobile apps appropriately.

With special guest Kandy Blackburn, we will be exploring Skyward. Our goal will be to show how Skyward Parent Access can be useful for parents to gain visibility into their child’s schooling and have the skills to be more aware of their day to day activities.

TUESDAY, MARCH 17

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

THURSDAY, MAY 21

IOS INTRODUCTION

CLOUD COMPUTING OVERVIEW

COMPUTER BASICS SERIES (Spanish)

As a parent, when your children are online there is always a degree of concern. Let’s talk about ways to keep yourself and your children safe while online and at your home.

If you have an iPad or an iPhone, come visit with us during this class to gain the knowledge you need as an iOS user. Beginner, intermediate or advanced, come talk about Apple’s mobile operating system with us and you are sure to gain valuable skills.

WEB TOOLS FOR SUMMER LEARNING

How many times have you wondered what the “cloud” is? In this class we will not only explain what the cloud is but we will discover ways you can leverage it to work for you as well. Never be confused again.

Web Tools for Summer Learning - Learn about free webtools, apps, and online programs that will engage your student with fun and challenging academic activities over the summer.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19

BEGINS JANUARY 26 Come learn the very basics of the computing world. Technology surrounds us everyday and this class will get you on the path to basics required to explore the internet, create a document and basic typing skills.

Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

STAY CONNECTED!

Blaine County School District #61 Blaine #61

(208) 578-5410 www.blaineschools.org

PARENTS

STUDENT WELLNESS

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Parents and Students - Blaine County School District is on the road to becoming even healthier!

Here are the changes parents and staff should be aware of: Parents are encouraged to speak to their child’s teachers about limiting celebrations with food and/or including food that meets the district’s nutrition standards. The main ingredient of food consumed for celebrations should be whole grain, fruit, vegetable, protein, or dairy. Staff are encouraged to use non-food rewards or limit food as a reward to food with the main ingredient as whole grain, fruit, vegetable, protein or dairy. Staff are encouraged to collaboratively decide as a building when they will have celebrations that include food and communicate that with parents.

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Students will see changes in the à la carte items offered at the secondary schools by the end of the school year. There will also be changes in the remaining vending machines at secondary schools. The district Wellness Committee will begin meeting in September to clarify district nutrition standards and more information will be sent throughout the school year.

Healthy Party Snacks

Healthy Beverages

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• Water • Seltzer or sparkling water • Low-fat and fat-free plain milk

Classroom food should emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables; whole grains and low-fat dairy foods.

Fruit kabobs made with a variety of fruit Popcorn Unsweetened applesauce cups Veggies and hummus Turkey and cheese roll ups Whole grain crackers or pretzels Toasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds Smoothies made with plain yogurt and fruit Whole grain tortilla chips and salsa and/or guacamole and/ or bean dip • Edamame pods • Cheese sticks

Water should be the primary drink, as it satisfies thirst without adding calories or sugars (plus, it is low cost!)

TAKE THE SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY

BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19

To take the survey go to www.blaineschools.org and click

Join the conversation and make your voice heard as we work collaboratively to improve our school system. The survey will cover issues such as academic preparation, student support, parent engagement, school operations, accessibility of school leaders and more.

The Blaine County School District Board of Trustees approved an updated Student Wellness Policy in April, 2014. Questions? Email hcrocker@blaineschools.org or call 578-5005 and we will send answers out through the next few weeks.

Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

STAY CONNECTED!

STAY CONNECTED!

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BCSD Publication and Ad Design (continued) Flyers ATTENTION PARENTS

ATENCION PADRES DE FAMILIA

Taller Informativo Youth and Substance sobre Jóvenes y drogas Use Workshop WORK SHOP DATES Tuesday, April 7th - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 14th - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 21st - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Fechas de la serie de tres talleres Martes, 7 de abril - 6:00 PM a 8:00 PM Martes, 14 de abril - 6:00 PM a 8:00 PM Martes, 21 de abril - 6:00 PM a 8:00 PM

Location: Community Campus - Minnie Moore Room

Lugar: Community Campus - Sala Minnie Moore

Themes covered will be:

- Statistics of use in Blaine County and Idaho - Most used substances, how youth get the substance - Effects on the developing brain; warning signs - Street names and lingo used by youth - What can parents do - Ways parents can get involved in the community

The workshop is aimed at the Latino Community and all content will be interpreted into Spanish. Contact Gloria Giraldo-Hurst at 578-5429 or ggiraldo-hurst@blaineschools.org to reserve a spot.

STAY CONNECTED!

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LET’S TALK! ¡HABLEMOS!

Temas a tratar incluirán: - Datos sobre el uso de sustancias en el Condado de Blaine y en Idaho - Sustancias más utilizadas - cómo las obtienen los jóvenes - Efectos en el desarrollo del cerebro, indicios de uso - Nombres populares y modo de hablar de los jóvenes - Qué pueden hacer los padres - Maneras en que los padres pueden trabajar en/por la comunidad

Esta serie de talleres está dirigida a la comunidad Latina; todo el contenido será interpretado al español. Comuníquese con Gloria Giraldo-Hurst 578-5429 ggiraldo-hurst@blaineschools.org para reservar su cupo.

STAY CONNECTED!

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Retirees

Practice Your Spanish

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Marsha Azorsky Wood River Middle School

Tom Bailey Hailey Elementary

Lee Cook Carey School

Judy Gutches Bellevue Elementary

Mary Ann Hennefer Carey School

Sharon Haugen Wood River Middle School

Laurie Kaufman District Office

Larry Long District Support Services

Katharine Oliver Alturas Elementary

Carolyn Ramsey Hailey Elementary

Patty Scherer Hailey Elementary

Help native Spanish speakers gain confidence in their English skills, and at the same time learn Spanish! Find out more at:

Alturas Elementary Thursday, January 8th 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Polly McQueen Hemingway Elementary

Refreshments and Child Care Provided.

Informational Meeting. Find out more. Classes will start January 2015.

SIGN UP NOW! Call Gloria 578-5429

Kathryn Graves Board Member Ending Term

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THANK YOU

GRADUATING CLASSES OF 2014

FOR SUPPORTING OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The Blaine County School District serves 3,356 students in four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, an alternative high school, and a K-12 school. BCSD is known for its award-winning arts programs, pre-k, all-day Kindergarten, a diverse student body, and low student/teacher ratios in well-maintained classrooms that include state-of-the-art technology. Together, we are working to prepare all students for success in their future. Thank you for caring about education in the Blaine County School District.

LOOK AT WHAT YOU'VE MADE POSSIBLE BCSD PREPARES STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE,CAREER, AND CITIZENSHIP W R H S Av e r a g e A d v a n c e d Placement Scores Above Global and State

BCSD Scores Above State

BCSD Graduation Rate *Based on State AYP Formula

*The State of Idaho pays for all juniors in Idaho to take the SAT.

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BCSD OFFERS BROAD PROGRAMMING & OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL STUDENTS

Award-winning performing arts World Languages in Grades 6-12 at two of our schools Advanced Placement Dual Credit Competitive Robotics and Chess Clubs

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International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Dual language learning in grades K-12 High-quality pre-school and all-day Kindergarten Award-winning professional technical education 43% of students receive free & reduced meals & almost 100% apply to college

BCSD VALUES RELATIONSHIPS

America's Most Challenging High Schools

 Small class sizes and low teacher to student ratios. Current classroom teacher to student ratio is 17.6.  Social workers and bilingual staff in every school.

The BCSD mission: To be a world class, student-focused community of teaching and learning.

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State of the District Report

SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning. Dear Parent, Every parent has a voice in Blaine County School District’s ongoing pursuit of educational excellence. Today I am asking for your feedback about the individual school your child attends. This survey focuses on critical school issues such as academic preparation, student support, parent engagement, school operations and accessibility of school leaders. Our goal is 100% parent participation.

PARENTS

R MAKE YOU

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November 2014

Submitted to the Blaine County School District Board of Trustees By GwenCarol Holmes, Ed.D., Superintendent

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This survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. All responses are strictly confidential. After the survey closes, we will report the findings publicly, sharing what we have learned and what specific changes you may anticipate as a result of your feedback. The reports from last year can be found on blaineschools.org under Your Voice. This survey closes December 19, 2014.

TAKE THE SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY

BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19

To take the survey go to www.blaineschools.org and click

Join the conversation and make your voice heard as we work collaboratively to improve our school system. The survey will cover issues such as academic preparation, student support, parent engagement, school operations,

of school and more.as we work together to provide our Thank you for your time. Engaging in an ongoing two-way accessibility dialogue isleaders critical students with the best possible education. Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

STAY CONNECTED!

(208) 578-5005 www.blaineschools.org

Sincerely,

GwenCarol Holmes Superintendent Blaine County School District

STAY CONNECTED!

Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

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STUDENT PROFILE

DANIEL PINK

COME TO THE COMMUNITY MEETINGS

January Community Meetings

Thursday, January 15 - 6:00 p.m. at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater

Come to any community meeting that works with your schedule.

CREATING A CULTURE OF INNOVATION

Wednesday, January 21, 5:30-8:00 p.m. During Student Led Conferences Carey School Thursday, January 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m. YMCA, Ketchum Thursday, January 22, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Community Campus, Hailey* Look for more meetings in February & May. *Childcare and Spanish interpretation available

THREE EASY WAYS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STRATEGIC PLAN PROCESS 1) COME to the community meetings: brainstorm, identify goals, help find solutions. 2) TAKE surveys after the first two meetings to prioritize the information from the community meetings. 3) STAY tuned to the district website, BCSD Weekly Update, and social media for upcoming events.

What do our children need to know and be able to do to be successful adults?

What are the future impacts that they will have to address as they become the adults and leaders of our community and world?

LOOK FOR SURVEYS IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH

Our Mission: To be a world-class, student-focused, community of teaching and learning.

Look for surveys in your email, on our website, and on Facebook and Twitter. Tell us what your priorities are from the brainstorming and goal-setting of each meeting.

STAY CONNECTED!

(208) 578-5000 www.blaineschools.org

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Critical Thinkers Problem Solvers Effective Communicators Innovators

NUMBERS TO KNOW District Office 578-5000 Wood River High School 578-5020 Transportation 578-5420 Food Service 578-5437 Social Worker 578-5027 IN CASE OF SCHOOL EMERGENCIES • Stay Put, Stay Tuned • Monitor • blaineschools.org • facebook.com/blaineschools • twitter.com/blaineschools • Local Media • Check email and text for urgent messages • Avoid calling or visiting schools, unless instructed

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WHO TO CALL Contact your child’s teacher to discuss academic progress, ask questions about school, or talk about difficulties your child may be having. Still have questions? Call your child’s principal. If necessary, as a next step, or if you have questions about district policies, contact the Assistant Superintendent or Superintendent.

Vacation/Holiday - No School

Blaine County School District #61

woodriverhigh.org Get the latest information and news even faster with our new web address!

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Recommendation: Recent feedback & critique’s of BCSD videos showed a need to produce shorter, more frequent videos using interviews with students, staff and parents. Video will be placed online via Mt. Express and social media.

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Two Way Communication Through Surveys The communications department is the point of contact for K12 Insight, a vendor that administers surveys for the district. A calendar of surveys is developed each year based on the district’s goals and current initiatives. Plans for 2015-16 include a parent/staff/community survey on the budget, a school calendar survey, School Climate, Staff Engagement, and Student Engagement surveys.

Survey Development, Distribution & Reporting PROJECT

Listening Tour  Survey  

REPORTING

PARTICIPANTS

279 Par(cipants    

A verba(m  report  of  all  responses  was  shared  with  Dr.  Holmes.    

PROJECT

School Climate  Survey  For   Parents  

PARTICIPANTS

509 Parents    

COMMUNICATIONS

Press Release   Social  Media  Posts   LeUer  to  Parents  

REPORTING: WHAT  WE  LEARNED   •  85%  of  parents  who  took  the  survey  in  2014  rated  the  overall  quality  of  their  child’s   school  as  an  A  or  B,  compared  to  79%  of  parents  who  took  the  survey  in  2013.   •  The  percentages  of  favorable  responses  were  relaJvely  unchanged  from  2013  to   2014  in  all  dimensions  of  school  climate.   •  72%  of  parents  agreed  that  the  principal  at  their  child’s  school  makes  decisions  in   the  best  interests  of  the  students.   •  In  the  area  of  parent  engagement,  agreement  rates  ranged  from  91%  (I  feel   welcome  in  my  child’s  school)  to  85%  (Front  office  staff  members  are  welcoming   and  supporJve).  

PROJECT

Student Feedback  Surveys  -­‐   WRMS  

REPORTING

PARTICIPANTS

Winter –  616  Students  (90%)   Spring  –  659  Students  (91%)  

An overall  report  and  segmenta=on  reports  were  delivered  to  Rob  Ditch.  

PROJECT

Social Studies  Pilot  Curriculum   Surveys    

REPORTING

PARTICIPANTS

TCI –  688  Students   Person  –  455  Students  

Frequency reports  were  shared  with  the  district.  

PROJECT

Strategic Planning  Survey  

REPORTING

PARTICIPANTS

467 Par=cipants  

A custom  report  showing  the  10  most  selected  words  or  phrases  related  to  district   schools  and  their  stakeholders  was  provided.    

422 Par=cipants  

A custom  report  showing  goals  priori=zed  by  all  stakeholders.  

Employee Engagement  Survey  

REPORTING: WHAT  WE  LEARNED  

Staff (58%)  

•  Similar to  the  findings  from  the  2014  Staff  Engagement  Survey,  close  to  90%  of   par=cipants  oWen  or  always  feel  good  about  their  job  in  public  educa=on.   •  A  strong  majority  of  employees  are  proud  to  work  in  the  district,  feel  a  sense  of   accomplishment  and  believe  the  district  supports  opportuni=es  for  professional   growth.  More  than  one-­‐third,  however,  do  not  trust  the  informa=on  they  receive   from  district  leadership.     •  Just  shy  of  50%  of  par=cipants  do  not  feel  comfortable  sharing  their  ideas  and   opinions  with  district  leadership  and  over  half  said  there  is  not  a  strong  sense  of   teamwork  and  coopera=on  within  the  district.  Addi=onally,  about  40%  of  staff   par=cipants  do  not  believe  the  district  and  its  administra=on  have  a  clear  vision  of   future  goals  and  educa=onal  direc=ons  of  its  schools.     •  While  8  out  of  10  say  district  informa=on  and  decisions  are  communicated  in  a   =mely  manner,  almost  half  of  par=cipa=ng  staff  members  feel  district  leaders  do   not  clearly  explain  why  key  decisions  are  made.  

PROJECT

PARTICIPANTS

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Blaine County School District Communications Report June 2015

Digital Flyer Management - Peachjar Peachjar Usage Report for Blaine County School District August 2014-May 2015 All-time

All-time

School Name

Users

School

Parent Org

District Staff

Not Paid

Paid

Total

Papers

Trees

Alturas Elementary School

275

2

0

0

14

34

48

24552

2.9

Bellevue Elementary School

193

2

0

0

14

33

47

21490

2.6

Carey Public School

136

2

0

0

11

18

29

9320

1.1

Ernest Hemingway Elementary

370

3

0

0

16

39

55

30968

3.7

Hailey Elementary School

384

3

0

0

16

37

53

34320

4.1

Silver Creek High School

22

2

0

0

10

6

16

858

0.1

Wood River High School

640

2

6

0

16

6

22

23070

2.8

Wood River Middle School

518

2

0

0

11

17

28

24716

3

- Total

2538

18

6

0

108

190

298

169294

20.3

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Blaine County School District Communications Report June 2015

Parent Communication Preferences from School Climate Survey

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2015 Communications Annual Report  
2015 Communications Annual Report  
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